Archive - August, 2012

Don’t Waste People by Julia Waterhous

Julia is trying to change her world. Part of her world since studying abroad is New Delhi, India. It looks like she will meet her Kickstarter goal but I’d like to see her reach over 100% funding. Documentaries can be spendy and filming one overseas can raise the bar even higher. I hope to see this film reach my local public television station and ultimately help Julia change lives.


Knock-knock by Ice-Pick Lodge

Today I was looking specifically for a video game project to highlight.  I get to see many game ideas come and go since I am a game developer myself. We get pitches everyday.

As I searched, one caught my attention mainly because I loved the art. The project is filled with mystery, great art and a compelling story that just touches on enough of the theme to make you want more.  I really liked how the studio highlighted everyone in their shop in the video and used them to express some element of the game they are working on.

Of course I have been thinking way more about these things than most because next Wednesday my team at Code-Monkeys will be launching our own game Kickstarter. I will post more on that next week. In the meantime you can see our “making of” video we shot while shooting the cinematic portion of our Kickstarter video.

Check out  Knock-knock and see what they are making.

The count down: Try iOS: iPhone App Development Course

Yesterday I was cruising round Kickstarter looking for something to feature and I came across Try iOS: iPhone App Development Course.  This is a really cool project that has now been successfully funded (in a big way). They are going to make an iOS development course that is both stylish and useful to the masses. I really liked their message delivery. I would watch these guys for future projects as well. I think they will not only deliver the current promise but many more in the future.

What really was fun though was that the very moment I checked their page out the project was in the final moments of the funding period.  This meant that Kickstarter went from minutes left to an actual second count down in real time on the page. I gathered my co-conspirators in the Soma Games/Code-Monkey shop together and we watched it tick away like the launch of an Apollo mission.

This illustrates the very frontier, exploration, and entrepreneurial spirit of Kickstarter. We get to as a community cheer on and celebrate with those that succeed as well as grieve, cry and critic those that don’t. And I love it for that.


I DRAW COMICS Sketchbook & Reference Guide

This one came to my attention because my friend Jon Dale chose to back it. If you you have not started using the community tools in Kickstarter, I highly recommend diving in. It is a great way to find good projects to back (that is if your community picks good ones like mine does).

I draw a lot with my kids. As an artist I am always trying to draw new things and learn new techniques. Matt Marrocco’s last Kickstarter project focused on drawing car design and ended up being very successful. This ones takes the artist into the world of comics.




Find out more on the I DRAW COMICS Kick-starter page.


Public Lab DIY Spectrometry Kit

The Public Lab DIY Spectrometry Kit caught my eye as I scanned recently launched projects this morning. About a year and a half ago I chose to leave science as a professional study. Being a conservation biologist for about 15 years, starting as a field tech for the USDA Forest Service in 1997, I still geek out on anything that sparks that deep desire to both understand the natural world and protect it from further destruction at the hands of humans.

For many of those years I spent most of my week working on either the coastal streams or estuaries of Oregon. I would often come across polluted waters. I had access to expensive tools that allowed me to tell what pollutants were present. The public though does not have access to these kinds of tools. As a dad, I find projects like this mind-blowing. When the Deepwater Horizon  Spill was first happening the Gulf of Mexico my son helped my colleagues and I tract the spread of oil using satellite imagery and a tool we developed called Data Basin. I can’t wait to test materials with my kids with the DIY Spectrometry Kit. Check the project out today.



Anyone who knows me knows that I love using Instagram and seeing what friends are seeing through their own lenses through the platform. So my radar went crazy when I saw that friends AJ Leon and Jeff Sass had both backed Instacube.

I will be grabbing one of these!

Oh and if you have not seen it yet, check out my review of the most excellent Elevation Dock.

Play with your food! Food Font

Is it odd that I just really want a real bacon font or maybe some chinese beef noodle font or better yet some tapas type or calamari calligraphy. You get the point. I fell in love with this different, creative and joyful project. Find out more on their page. And please share it out. They only have about ten days left.

The Elevation Dock Arrived!